Art at Leadenham CE Primary School consists of a range of approaches including:



Providing the children with a stimulus, e.g. a William Morris print is a good starting point for the deep study. This is discussed in detail and used as inspiration for gather/research and initial ideas.



Children gather and research images, fabric etc. to present in their own way, like a mood board. An artistic study will also be carried out at this stage looking closely at the artist’s background, life and work.

Skills development (Media)

Taken from the checklist of art skills Key Stage 1/2 and skills required for intended study outcome. Skills development will allow the children to become familiar with the mediums they are going to be using to create their final piece. Experimentation and exploration is necessary and very essential.

Skills development (DLT)

The aim of this session is to allow children to use their drawing skills in a drawing context. The teachers demonstrate or model the basic technique. This skills-based approach helps children to understand how to create certain effects. If they have increased control and understanding of different media use, they will be able to experiment with more confidence and be empowered to express themselves.

Forest art work

Lines – Children's exploration of different lines in different media enable them to use a range of lines in their own work. These activities will open their eyes to a huge variety of lines that they can use and suggests direction, divides space and has length, width, tone and texture. Lines can enclose or define shapes, and can suggest contours.

Tone – Children use tone to create illusion of form and solidity, to create mood or to direct the viewer’s attention. Tone creates interest and drama and is an essential tool for drawing. It helps children understand that colours have tone and shading techniques. Some of the most subtle tonal effects are made by blending or smudging.

Pattern – Pattern is a repeat of lines, shapes or colours. Pattern falls roughly into three groups: regular, irregular and unintentional pattern. Inspiration for pattern can come from anything, like the spots of a leopard. The simplest pattern can consist of a single shape, line or colour, repeated in a regular way. An un-intentional pattern that consists of families of shapes. Collecting, analysing and creating patterns leads very naturally to print-making, which is an essential experience for children to take part in.

Initial studies

Children carry out initial studies and ideas in preparation for their final piece. All ideas are recorded in either a sketchpad or/and portfolio.

Final piece

The final piece of work brings together all skills development sessions and initial ideas. Children also come up with a title for their piece of work and a statement.


Children communicate their ideas to another class or their own. The children will explain the process they have been through fully and explain the relevant skills they have used.


Learning evaluation

Based on the communication feedback and reflection, children evaluate their work in detail.

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The Arts: Intent 

At Leadenham CE Primary School we believe that the arts offer opportunities for our children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experiences of the wider world. Our children are provided with opportunities to a wide range of arts experiences as part of and in addition to the curriculum. Through experiencing the arts, children develop their creativity, self-esteem and confidence. Our creative arts programme, including music, dance, drama and art significantly impacts cognitive development, increases self-esteem, and actively engages everyone in learning.

Cultural Capital

Children will learn about key figures from Art ranging from Van Gogh to Kandinsky to Pollock.
They will also experience the following during Key Stage 1 and 2:

  • Undertake a hands on workshop experience with an Artist/Designer

  • Visit to at least one local and one national Art Gallery

  • Through visits and visitor experience become increasingly familiar with Art and Design career opportunities available in the work place.




  • Children are happy learners within Art & design.  They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in the art and know appropriate responses to them.

  • Visits within Art & design have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.

  • Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in Art & design.  Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Art & design and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.

  • Children are confident, resilient and actively engaged in the wider society.

  • Fundamental British Values are evident in Art & design and children understand how Art & design can celebrate difference.

  • Children will develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line shape, form and space, experimenting with and refining their use of different materials. 

  • Children will be able to write/think and talk about art (in terms of the formal elements colour, line, tone, shape, pattern, texture) and be able to record their ideas (drawing from observation).

  • Children will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, producing creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. They will be able to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

  • Children will be able to develop ideas from looking at the work of others and famous pieces of artwork giving opinions. They will develop the key skills of commenting, adapting, exploring, collecting and responding.

  • · Through wider reading in Art & design, children will know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development in their art forms. Through this exposure, children will produce work that is influenced by the best of the best.

  • Children will be familiar with the opportunities available in the workplace in terms of Art & design such as in graphic design, fine art, photography, fashion/textiles and Spatial design. 

  • Children will develop higher level thinking skills and skills for the workplace such as sustained focus/problem-solving/creativity/resilience